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Why Keeping an Open Mind is Important

Here is a listing of some pretty bright people who made some incredibly poor predictions of things that should have never happened...but did... 

"Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances."
-- Dr. Lee DeForest, "Father of Radio & Grandfather of Television."

"The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives."
- - Admiral William Leahy, US Atomic Bomb Project

"There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom."
-- Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
-- Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
-- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year."
--The ed…

The Night Watchman

Insanity has many meanings but the one I like is about doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results!

The perfect example of this would be giving the government, any government, the authority to run some enterprise, any enterprise, and expecting it to be run well, efficiently, within budget and to produce a work product half as good as a company in the private sector could.

It has never happened, it's not happening now and to expect it happen at any point in the future can be summed up in one word, Insanity! Now on to the short story:
Once upon a time the government had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert. 

Congress said, "Someone may steal from it at night.”
So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job.
Then Congress said, "How does the watchman do his job without instruction?”
So they created a planning department and hired two people, one person to write the instructions, and one person to do …